April 23, 2014

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Student will engineer his future thanks to mystery donor

Peter Fetzer sits with the off-roading vehicle his Baja, Calif., race team at the University of Akron helped to design. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

AKRON — A University of Akron engineering student from Seville has won a $10,000 award, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.

Peter Fetzer, a graduate of Cloverleaf High School, learned he would receive the Trajectory Award Scholarship as he prepared to graduate this spring.

“I’m really thankful to have gone to the University of Akron,” the 22-year-old said. “It was a great place to do undergraduate studies in engineering.

“I’d really be nothing without them.”

Thanks to the anonymous donor, 10 engineering seniors each will receive $10,000.

A university spokesperson said the benefactor made the donation hoping “to promote career success and inspire lifelong meaningful contributions from these emerging leaders.”

The donor asked that the scholarships be awarded as a “graduation gift” to seniors about to finish their undergraduate studies.

Fetzer and the other students were selected by faculty of the engineering department based on academic success, leadership and community involvement.

After graduating on Sunday with a degree in mechanical engineering, Fetzer plans to begin work with Steel Equipment Specialists in Alliance. SES supplies equipment and services to the metal industry.

In addition to his studies, Fetzer participated in the Society of Automotive Engineer’s Baja racing team. As a member of the team, he and other mechanical engineering students designed and built a custom race car for the grueling race through the desert of Baja, Calif.

“There’s a lot of hands-on learning available here, and that’s why I joined the team,” Fetzer said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.